Last week, 30 U.S. senators whipped out their nicest pair of pajamas, grabbed their pillows and a copy of The Lorax and headed to the Senate floor for the best slumber party ever: an all-nighter to talk about climate change. As is quite evident, Congress has been slow to move any climate change legislation and while President Obama has taken executive action, his initiatives have met a significant amount of push
-back. But, to echo the sentiment of the senators that participated in last week’s event, it is past time to wake up to the reality of climate change!
Throughout the night, the senators talked about the major implications of climate change, citing studies and statistics, showing pictures and graphs, and discussing how climate change particularly affects their home states. Additionally, they promoted the economic benefits of clean energy like long-term savings and job creation. The idea, however, was not to talk about proposing specific legislation, it was aimed at showing that there are members of Congress who do care about the threat of global climate change and want to stir up some action.
As Reform Jews, we fully understand the imperative to safeguard the world for future generations and recognize that what we do in our time now with have a profound impact on the world we leave to our children and our grandchildren. As we read in Ecclesiastes 1:4, “a generation goes and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” Read more…